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Town of clay: Tom Hunter of the Onondaga Historical Association checks out the display of made-from-clay Syracuse China, which put the Salt City on the map for 140 years. MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTO
On the fifth floor of the Onondaga Historical Association sit the hopes, dreams and livelihoods of scores of Central New Yorkers. Thousands of pieces of Syracuse China now occupy 30 display cases—with many thousands more in storage—in an exhibit that will resonate with just as many Syracusans.
Until the exhibit is ready for regular viewing, the OHA is making it available at two preview events Wednesday, March 24, and Friday, March 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. both days. The evenings include hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and a tour of the fifth-floor display area. The exhibit is a natural for the OHA, charged with the mission of preserving and displaying Onondaga County’s past.
Annual contest for talented teen musicians could result in stardom
Dressed for success: A few months after winning the battle of the bands, members of White Picket Fence accepted two Sammy awards before heading to their senior balls. MATT MUMAU PHOTO
As assistant commissioner at the Jamesville Correctional Facility, Bill Lansley had to pass the pepper spray test. To work in a prison, where the repellent can get used against unruly inmates, you have to be able to tolerate two blasts to the face, with your eyes closed, fortunately. We’re sure Lansley won’t have to walk a similar gauntlet in his new post, unless the elephants at the zoo stop working for peanuts.
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When a blockbuster art exhibit comes to town, people take notice, including those in arts leadership positions. Out-of-town visitors can find special overnight stay and package deals at www.everson.org. Everyone who takes in Turner to Cezanne should consider checking out these other cultural goings-on to enhance the experience.
As the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation gears up for its annual confab, work progresses on the historic Fayetteville home of the women’s rights pioneer. By next year, the colonial house at 210 E. Genesee St. should welcome its first visitors. Currently, a new addition at the back of the house is being built as a welcome center; the rest of the structure will offer a cutting-edge historic experience.
Wicked, author Gregory Maguire invented the difference between Animals and animals, the former composed of creatures so intelligent they speak. The latter are those unfortunate beings that are fobbed off as food. In the Farm Sanctuary universe, however, all animals should be treated with capital letters, respect and dignity and, above all else, not as dinner. To raise awareness about the plight of agricultural creatures specifically, Farm Sanctuary will be holding a Walk for Farm Animals in 66 cities, including Syracuse.